Pudo terminar en una auténtica tragedia, pero, por fortuna, en lo que ha quedado es en una enorme polémica tras dar cuenta de lo ocurrido, no solo a las autoridades e instituciones competentes, sino a las redes sociales, donde los usuarios han emitido su juicio.
Berkshire, Inglaterra. El suceso es verdaderamente explícito con solo apreciar las imágenes grabadas por Jennifer Katherine, protagonista del vídeo, y jinete del caballo que aparece en primer plano circulando por el carril izquierdo de una carretera ubicada en Windsor, Berkshire, Inglaterra. A su alrededor, sucesivos ciclistas comienzan a aparecer, pasando por el carril de al lado a toda velocidad.
El animal, entre tanto, no se desvía de su trayectoria y cabalga tranquilamente sin alarmarse por el goteo continuo de corredores, que participaban en un triatlón. Así lo hace durante unos instantes, –en calma–, hasta que de pronto un ciclista aparece por el mismo carril para golpear al caballo y a su jinete, Katherine.
Fue en ese momento en el que pudo producirse una situación dramática. Inmediatamente, el caballo, nervioso, comenzó a descontrolarse al tiempo en que numerosos ciclistas empezaron a pasar a un lado y otro del animal, que se vio rodeado mientras Katherine gritaba aterrorizada.
“Nadie paró y el ciclista que me golpeó parecía no estar arrepentido”, escribe ésta en Facebook, apuntando que además le hizo una peineta.
Como consecuencia del impacto, cuenta, ella tiene moratones en su tobillo y el caballo “está a la defensiva con cada ciclista que se encuentra y no se calma hasta que se aleja de ellos”, explica, deseando que lo ocurrido “no tenga efectos a largo plazos” en el animal.
Según ha relatado en Facebook, aquella mañana en la que decidió salir con su caballo “como cualquier otra mañana en esta época del año”, “no había ninguna señal ni nada que la hiciese saber que había un evento deportivo en el lugar”. Concretamente, que se estaba celebrando el citado triatlón en la zona.
De haberlo sabido, dice, no habría salido en ese momento con el animal.
Thank you to EVERYONE for their support throughout the year… It has been overwhelming but I'm very thankful for all the support I received during this time. I didn't think my little video asking for advice from two groups on Facebook would go so far. It has been a horrific experience for both myself and my horse and I'm glad to announce we finally have some justice from it. We remain hopeful that my horse makes a full recovery from the trauma and rehabilitation so far has been successful.I strongly recommend wearing helmet cameras on roads – even if it is just a short trip from your home, early in the morning. Without it, none of this would have been possible and I'm very thankful for it. However, it is very sad that in this day and age, there clearly seems to be a need for it.I will keep this video public in hope that it will highlight how not to pass horses on a bike, travelling on an open road. Please see the following link for advice on how to do so if you're unsure:https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/knowledge/article/izn20150106-Horses-on-the-road-0We are both vulnerable road users, both eager to get home in one piece, without injury, and enjoy our ride on open roads. There shouldn't be any reason for us not to share them safely.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Further statement:No event warning on road I would not have been out on the road in any form had I known there was a sporting event on. I saw no signs alerting the local that an event would take place on the road I was on and when, hence why I went out like any normal early Sunday morning this time of year.Hit and run cyclist Nobody stopped and the cyclist that hit me seemed to show no remorse by what looks like him lifting his middle finger at me whilst riding off as I screamed. I'm very thankful to the event officials for their prompt investigation into identifying the individual and the sincerity in which they are taking the incident. As mentioned, police are also investigating and both aim to work together.Lack of road awareness Although one cyclist hit me, I am surprised there wasn't more. Many individuals on this stretch of road at this time had passed dangerously and irresponsibly – too fast and too close. They also put other road users at risk by putting themselves between my horse and oncoming vehicles.Ongoing concernIt was terrifying being on a spooked horse and knowing that these individuals weren't willing to stop. I am lucky to ride such a calm animal but there are other horses that really wouldn't have tolerated the speed and proximity of those cyclists, risking everyone. I am genuinely concerned. There are many amazing road users that pass safely (and who should always be thanked by horse riders) but there does seem to be a growing lack of awareness of how to pass horses safely on the road and indeed with other vulnerable road users such as cyclists. I think that is what is more shocking in this instance as I felt victimised by many of the individuals on bicycles on that road at that time and particularly by the one individual that hit my horse and I.Damaging incident My horse was on the defence with every cyclist he met from then on after the hit and didn't calm until we got away from cyclists on that road. I strongly hope there are no long term effects associated with cyclists coming up behind him from now on. I have had amazing support from the cyclist and triathlete community – so much so that some have offered to do some desensitisation work with my horse if he has picked up a new fear of cyclists. I want to pass my deepest and sincerest gratitude and respects to everyone involved in this sporting community for their support and consideration. I realise it is a few select individuals and not in any way a reflection of the majority of cyclists out on our roads.Mutual ground I am in full support of our want to all get home safely and enjoy our sports peacefully. I hope this doesn't divide us but makes us stronger in raising awareness of what seems like an ongoing and escalating issue regarding the lack of safety awareness from some individuals when passing vulnerable road users. Pass slow and wide should apply to both of us from everyone and anyone out on the road – as is stated in the highway code.Edit: Under investigation with police and the Human Race officials. Grateful to everyone for their support and kind words. Horse and I are OK. No warning to local residents, signs, etc… Went out at 7:30am to our other farm down the road and came back on same road 9am. I have lived here all my life and never had a problem with cyclists – as with my horse, who is bombproof on the road. I am wearing a yellow hi-vis hat silk, coat, gloves and gilet. My horse is wearing a yellow hi-vis rug and breastplate. The cyclist smashes along the side of my horse, taking my stirrup in the handlebars and bruising up my ankle. My horse rears and bolts forward, taking off one of his back shoes. Not a lot I can do I think but what should I do? I had no knowledge of the event and repeatedly had near misses where cyclists failed to slow down and put themselves, me, my horse and drivers at risk. No one stopped to see if I or the horse was ok after this hit. I'm still in shock and feeling very sore along one side of my ankle.
Publicado por Jennifer Katherine en Domingo, 17 de junio de 2018
Tras el accidente, tanto la policía como la organización encargada de preparar el evento están investigando lo ocurrido, y, tal y como la propia Katherine expresa, han sido muchos los ciclistas que la han mostrado su apoyo y se han ofrecido incluso a ayudar para paliar el posible estrés postraumático del animal y conseguir que el miedo que ahora siente disminuya.
Por su parte, desde la organización han apuntado que están haciendo lo posible para identificar al responsable.
Según informa el medio Cycling Weekly, en el triatlón participaron más de 1.800 ciclistas y a todos los que competían se les había indicado que las carreteras estaban “abiertas al tráfico”, por lo que todos debían ceñirse a la normativa de circulación.